Posts Tagged ‘Needless Things’

1980’s Ruckus was writer/director Max Kleven’s attempt to do a film around a damaged Vietnam vet who gets harassed by the locals and has to ultimately fight for his survival thanks to the local good old boys deciding he needs to be taught his place. While the movie predated First Blood by two years, it came out eight years after the release of the novel and studios had been trying to put together a film version of the novel for almost the entire ten years it took to finally get it to the big screen. During that time, early scripts were written and passed around and it became more and more of a buzz property. While I’ve never seen a direct admission of this, anyone who watches both Ruckus and First Bloodwill immediately notice the many similarities in the story and the character concepts. Where the films don’t have something in common is in the overall quality of the filmmaking.

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It’s April, April Fools is now nicely behind us, and, for wrestling fans at least, the real reason April as a month has a special place on the calendar is about to happen this coming weekend. The entire company that is the World Wrestling Entertainment has been building towards this weekend since the Monday Night Raw of April 3, 2017, and some fans have been making their plans for this weekend for almost as long. Welcome to the craziness that is the WrestleMania Weekend.

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Thoughts about Jessica Jones, WrestleMania, and Black Lightning.

Have you seen the news from the last week? Have you seen this bit of news? It appears that archeologists have determined that the Giza Pyramid’s mystery chamber may hold Pharaoh’s “meteorite throne” and have determined that they really want to get in there and take a look. See, this is why scientists and archeologists and other professionals should be required to watch a steady diet of horror films. If they did, they would understand what this could mean.

What could this mean, you ask? For one thing, it could mean radioactive mummies. Do you know what radioactive mummies are? They’re just the Egyptian version of radioactive zombies. Do you know what you get with radioactive zombies? You get Nightmare City and being locked into a cycle of terror, carnage, death, and unresolved endings brought about by bad writing and a horrible gimmick twist that should have gotten everyone involved smacked until the stupid came out of them.

What’s that? You don’t know what Nightmare City is? Then let me tell you about it. There will be some huge spoilers coming, but, trust me, you won’t care if this movie gets spoiled for you or not.

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2014, 2015, and especially 2016 and 2017 were filled with superheroes on the big screen and the small screen. This has been the case for farther back than 2014, but the last four to five years have been seemingly extremely superhero heavy. Every major movie studio was launching a film with an eye towards starting a franchise, and channels like CW were transforming into Superhero Central. Even streaming services were getting in on the act with exclusive superhero shows in both live action and animated forms. In fandom, the age-old war between the Marvel Zombies and the loyal DC Comics fans had renewed itself and moved to a larger battlefield as Hollywood itself was at times seemingly trying to transform itself into Marvel and DC.

The tipping point was coming fast. The big failure moment was just around the corner. The collapse of the superhero film genre was about to happen with the very next bloated, over the top, four-color abomination the studios were readying to unleash on the superhero fatigued audiences of America.

Well, at least that’s how the world worked according to some of the various social critics, movie critics, and jaded fanboys of the world. They certainly made sure you knew this is how the world was right before the launch of every major superhero film- especially the Marvel ones -over the last few years. They were especially loud about their predictions before films with characters that “no one wanted to see or cared about” like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy.

These people were and are, of course, full of and spewing extraordinarily large quantities of bovine manure.

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It’s December. We’re only a few short days away from Christmas. Maybe you’ve discovered you need a few more things to round out your Christmas gift lists. But, let’s face it, even the Suicide Squad would balk at being told they have to go out to a mall or major shopping center this weekend. The zombie hordes that once populated the darkest Romero nightmare about consumerism run amuck have nothing on the terror that’s about to be unleashed upon the already weary sales clerks of this country. Alternately, maybe you need something nice for yourself to help unwind a bit after the Olympic level event that is Christmas prep in the modern age or to look forward to for unwinding with after all the family has gone home and you need a little downtime.

Plus, well, with the suggestions on this list you’ll be helping out independent creators.

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